Feb 22 2011

25 Years of Zelda in One Image

Published by at 1:00 pm under Images,Video Games

What you see above is just a tiny piece of an epic mural commemorating the history of The Legend of Zelda, which turned 25 this week.

Over the years, Link and Zelda have been our best equivalent of a modern day fairytale, and the series has produced some of the best games ever made in the industry. It did so when it was first releaseD on the NES, and even still today on the Wii, though I’m worried the motion-control heavy Skyward Sword might kill it.

Check out the rest of the incredibly detailed picture below. It’s so well done it looks like it should be painted on a church ceiling. The Church of Zelda. I’d wake up early on a Sunday for that.

(click to enlarge)

[alleged artist]





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22 responses so far

  • Greg

    Dude. Awesome.

    That is all.

  • Drester

    ^seconded

  • Chris

    Click to enlarge fails – please fix it – I would love to look at more of this image

  • http://www.unrealitymag.com Paul Tassi

    fixed

  • Emily Ward

    Wow….

  • Gabriel

    Very awesome! But I don’t see Tingle? lol

  • Tom

    Tingle is there, he’s to the right of the Indigo-Go’s drummer. He’s pretty small

  • Angie

    Wow! This is beautiful! Thi-… WHY is this not on the news?! Holy Farore, this is epic! But I do have one question. At the very bottom of the picture, there is a woman and a baby… Who are they?

    P.S. OMG! Wolf Link, Makar, adult Kafei and Anju, random tiny Tingle… What does this picture NOT have?!

  • JediKitteh

    Sheik, it doesnt have sheik

  • rk

    Well it wouldn’t be fare to put her in twice

  • Sidiyan

    Also doesn’t have the Postman, the talking map fish thing from WW, or a few others that come to mind as should’ve been included (Yeti from TP, your Uncle from the opening scenes of LttP, Sarasahalla (gimme a break on spelling it’s late for me) from LttP, and at least one rendition of a moblin), nor do I see a representative for the Minish in here. Also, albeit they were only in 2 games, maybe the kangaroo, flying bear, and dodongo from Ages and Seasons.

    And I want to confer with you all here, the giant eyeball. Lotta people I’ve seen else where are screaming Gohma. Gohma’s always been spider like. That thing is one thing and one thing only: The Nightmare from Link’s Awakening.

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  • Bradley Davis

    @Angie – The woman and baby at the bottom is baby Link and his mother from Ocarina of Time when she takes him to the forest. Not shown in the original game so definitely an awesome addition made by the artist.

    @Sidiyan – Sahasrahla is shown. He is second from the right directly above the large eyeball… who happens to actually be owned by Bellum from Phantom Hourglass

  • Joey

    This is just too epic. One major problem: I dont see Links shield. I would think thats kinda important…

  • Ben

    @Bradley- that’s not Sahasrahla, its Oshus from Phantom Hourglass.

  • Erik

    Where’s Waldo??

  • Mike

    OKay, as a massive Zelda fan, I’m still stumped and embarrased that I can’t figure out who the three figures up top are supposed to be. The only “Three” in Zelda that I can think of are Link, Zelda and Ganondorf -or- the Golden Godesses. Insights?

  • devin

    This is my next full sleeve… for sure!

  • Jonnie

    @Mike
    the three figures up top are the three oracles of the three goddesses
    Farore (left) http://zelda.wikia.com/wiki/Farore_(oracle)
    Nayru (middle) http://zelda.wikia.com/wiki/Nayru_(oracle)
    and Din (right) http://zelda.wikia.com/wiki/Din_(oracle)
    though i cannot figure out who the dark man on the opposite of dark link is, bottom on the left.
    other comments
    A LOT of majoras mask reference here
    also for those claiming there is no minish there is the MINISH CAP (all the way right of midna) aswell as Vaati (above Koume)
    Not much gerudo refrence
    i thought the 7 figures at the top were meant to be the 7 sages, but as we know zelda is a sage, and the artist most likely did not want to repeat characters (with the exception of link and baby link, Ganon and Ganondorf, Oshus and the wind fish, and these are special cases) but then why replace her with the owl

  • Zoe

    Okay, first off, is there Ghirahim in here? From Skyward Sword? I nerdgasmed at this picture for ages and I have yet to find him.
    Um, anyone know if he’s there?

  • Steve

    @Jonnie
    the dark man opp of dark link is the fierce deity :D

  • Jack

    Who did this? I need to know…was it Nintendo?

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